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June 2023 Edition

Artist Focus

Artist Focus: Jessica Gordon

Jessica Gordon started painting as a creative outlet years ago and, although it’s since evolved into her career, she reminds herself to keep that same attitude. “Because of this, my inspiration comes from many sources including memories of my past, feelings during different seasons of life, lyrics from songs I love, movies, my family, heirlooms, beautiful clothing or fabrics, traveling and nature,” Gordon shares. “Whether it's intentional or not, many of my paintings seem to come out with a sense of mystery or foreboding. That undercurrent itself is inspiring too, and sometimes those feelings influence my works. I suppose it’s because life has been full of amazing, incredible experiences and people, yet I’ve had my fair share of pain and difficulties.” 

Speaking My Peace to the Past, oil on panel, 9 x 12"

A lot of time and effort goes into Gordon’s paintings before she even gets close to picking up a bush. She writes down ideas in journals and sketchpads. She gathers all the materials she’ll need for the photoshoots for reference material. “My shoots involve a lot of effort from setting up to cleaning up since water is generally involved,” she says. “But sitting down to look through the results is so rewarding. Once she chooses her favorite reference photos and fine-tunes her composition, she’s ready to begin prepping her surface and begin painting.  

Come to Life, oil on panel, 18 x 24"

“At the end of the day, I hope each painting stands on its own,” Gordon says. “Whether simply to make a beautiful home or be something a bit more thought-provoking.”

Transcendent, oil on panel, 20 x 16"

Gordon won the American Art Collector award in the 16th annual International Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon Competition for Speaking My Peace to the Past, featured here. Gordon has also been selected to participate in Arcadia Contemporary’s Five & Under exhibition in New York City this August. —

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